About me

Graduated from HKU (global subject ranking 14 in QS), I now serve as an Associate Professor in Dept of Economics and Finance in Hong Kong Shue Yan University. I am the founder and director of Sustainable Real Estate Research Center. My major field of research interests lies in SDGs, construction safety and health, housing economics, real estate economics, applied AI,

 I am listed as Stanford University World’s Top 2% Scientist across 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields of all scientists (2020 & 2021 single year, with the highest rank in the fields of artificial intelligence, Environmental Sciences and Information & Communication Technologies). I act as a journal editorial board member and SI editor for SSCI/SCIE journals, an author of 9 books and over 200 articles over the past eight years. I am also an invited keynote speaker for 30 conferences.

To know more about my research, you may refer to the following websites:

 I am also an invited editorial board member of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications ( IF 2.731, under Nature), an invited Associate editor of Frontier in Environmental Sciences (IF 5.411, Q1), Building (IF 3.324) PeerJ (data science section) (SSCI 3.06, Q1) Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (Scopus Q1), PLOS One (Sections: Computer and information sciences – Artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science, Architecture, IF 3.752), Smart Cities (first IF will be released in June 2023), Civil Engineering Journal (Scopus Q1) and Sustainability (SSCI IF 3.889).

Over the years, I won many local and international awards. I act as a PI and co-I for many academic research grants, including highly competitive grants from Research Grant Council, ARC Linkage Grant, Public Policy Research Grant and other grants obtained from quasi public institutions and government departments (over 10 million). We have also invited 15 top professors for our IIDS seminar within one year’s time, including Prof John Macintyre, Pro Vice Chancellor of University of Sunderland, Chair Professor Michael Skibniewski (University of Maryland, former Associate Provost in University of Princeton), Distinguished Professor Demetri Terzopoulos (UCLA), Professor Thad Starner (Georgia Tech, team leader of Google Glass), Professor Simon Beecham (former Pro Vice-Chancellor in University of South Australia), Professor Michael Batty (UCL) and many other leading professors in AI and ubiquitous city related areas.

I was the outstanding reviewer of Journal of Cleaner Production, a recipient of a Fellowship from the US to study the impact of law and culture on housing fittings in China which offered me a chance to present a paper to Nobel Prize Economist Prof Douglass North and received the top three presenter award among all the fellowship recipients. I was also a recipient of a grant issued by Ministry of Education jointly with a scholar from the People’s Republic of China, a visiting fellowship awardee from Australia and a finalist award for competition law research in the US, the best paper award for the paper titled “Mechanical and Physical Properties of Basalt Fiber High Strength High Titanium Heavy Slag Concrete”, Rajamangala University of Technology Rattanakosin International Conference “Innovative Technology and Creative Work toward Sustainable Development in 2021, the best paper award for the paper titled “Fast AI Classification for analyzing construction accident claims” in 2020 Artificial Intelligence and Complex Systems Conference at Wuhan University of Technology. 

I hold a few visiting positions in overseas university. I served as an Endeavour Research Fellow at the University of South Australia (with Professor Simon Beecham, Deputy Vice Chancellor), a visiting scholar at RMIT (with Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard) in Australia, University of Regina (with Chair Professor Christine Chan, AI research) and Feng Chia University in Taiwan. I also gave guest lecture for Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia) and Hochschule 21 (Germany). Besides, I previously served as a PhD thesis external examiner for Queensland University of Technology, University of Macau, University Putra Malaysia, MPhil thesis examiner of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and an external examiner for Open University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University. I am also invited by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to serve as a research grant reviewer.

My research covers UN Sustainable development goals of: 3. Good Health and Well-being, 7. Affordable and Clean Energy, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12. Responsible Consumption and Production, 13. Climate action.

I am a chartered surveyor, an elected fellow of Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, an associate member in CIArb and HKIArb, an associate member of HK Independent Non-Executive Director. I have a quite diverse academic background as I previously pursued study in FinTech (UPenn), Regulatory Compliance (UPenn), fNIRS (Boston U), computer studies (mainly AI), psychology (drawing psychology) and higher education teaching.

I currently serve as a Appeal Board Panel member under the Cap 563 Renewal Authority Ordinance (Appointed by the HKSAR) and an expert for Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology. My research on living quality has been included in the secondary curriculum and covered by mass media in different places, such as:

I love watching Japanese drama and French Youtube during leisure recently. In fact, the best knowledge I have is entertainment news ~~ 🙂